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The Resource Big top burning : the story of an arsonist, a missing girl, and the greatest show on Earth, Laura A. Woollett

Big top burning : the story of an arsonist, a missing girl, and the greatest show on Earth, Laura A. Woollett

Label
Big top burning : the story of an arsonist, a missing girl, and the greatest show on Earth
Title
Big top burning
Title remainder
the story of an arsonist, a missing girl, and the greatest show on Earth
Statement of responsibility
Laura A. Woollett
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
On July 6, 1944, thousands of fans made their way to Barbour Street in Hartford, Connecticut, to see the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus performance. Not long after the show's start, a fire broke out and spread rapidly as panicked circus-goers pushed and scrambled to escape. Within 10 minutes the entire big top had burned to the ground, and 167 people never went home. Big Top Burning recounts the true story of one of the worst fire disasters in US history. It follows the tragic stories of the Cook family -- including children Donald, Eleanor, and Edward, who were in the audience that day -- and 15-year-old Robert Segee, a circus employee with an incendiary past. Drawing on primary sources and interviews with survivors, author Laura Woollett guides readers through several decades of investigations and asks, Was the unidentified body of a little girl nicknamed "Little Miss 1565" Eleanor Cook? Was the fire itself an act of arson -- and did Robert Segee set it? Young readers are invited to evaluate the evidence and draw their own conclusions
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Woollett, Laura A
Dewey number
  • 974.6/3042
  • 974.6
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Intended audience
Ages 10-13
LC call number
F104.H3
LC item number
W66 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Combined Shows
  • Hartford Circus Fire, Hartford, Conn., 1944
  • Fires
  • Arson
  • Dead
  • Hartford (Conn.)
  • Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Combined Shows
  • Hartford Circus Fire, Hartford, Conn., 1944
  • Fires
  • Arson
  • Dead
  • Hartford (Conn.)
  • Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Combined Shows
  • Hartford Circus Fire (Connecticut : 1944)
  • Arson
  • Dead
  • Fires
  • Connecticut
  • Hartford Circus Fire, Hartford, Conn., 1944
  • Arson
  • Fires
  • Dead
  • Hartford (Conn.)
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
Big top burning : the story of an arsonist, a missing girl, and the greatest show on Earth, Laura A. Woollett
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Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 147-156) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The circus comes to town -- "The greatest show on Earth" -- Fire! -- "The day the clowns cried" -- Municipal hospital -- "Who knows this child?" -- Who was to blame? -- Accident or arson? -- A name for Little Miss 1565
Control code
ocn890912597
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
167 pages
Isbn
9781613731147
Lccn
2014036121
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
Stock number
1393876
System control number
(OCoLC)890912597
Label
Big top burning : the story of an arsonist, a missing girl, and the greatest show on Earth, Laura A. Woollett
Link
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 147-156) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The circus comes to town -- "The greatest show on Earth" -- Fire! -- "The day the clowns cried" -- Municipal hospital -- "Who knows this child?" -- Who was to blame? -- Accident or arson? -- A name for Little Miss 1565
Control code
ocn890912597
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
167 pages
Isbn
9781613731147
Lccn
2014036121
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
Stock number
1393876
System control number
(OCoLC)890912597

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